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Huh. I see the "best blonde joke ever" is making the rounds again.

(Or it's still making the rounds. That's what I always wonder when I see a meme I haven't encountered for a while: did someone decide to revive it after a long hiatus, or did it really just take this long to get around to that particular corner of the Internet?

Of course, the other thing I'm wondering right now is whether this post counts as a propagation or more of a meta-propagation. This is one of those times I wish LJ had a Trackback feature.)
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This week's [livejournal.com profile] altfriday5 isn't all that interesting, but I will note that I have lived in a different place every single year since I started college, and I really hope this coming year will break that streak. (Basically, it's down to whether or not I find stable employment by August.)
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I fill out a fair number of Memegen memelets just for my own amusement, though I don't post them because I doubt anyone else really cares. But the problem is, half the people on my flist are people I don't actually know, or joke journals and other things of that nature, and those show up all too often in the slots where I'm supposed to see the names of my friends in silly contexts. This seriously cuts down on the amusement factor. Wish there were something to be done about it.
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Ceci n'est pas un meme.

(Because I just couldn't let that statement remain true, [livejournal.com profile] ailurodragon.)
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I had to stop about five questions into that Love Languages quiz everyone is doing, when I realized that the things I was putting a higher priority on were not so much the things I most value, but more the things I don't currently get as much of. Physical touch, for example, is important to me, but I've never really had to think about how important it is because I've hardly ever been involved with someone to whom it didn't seem to come naturally. Verbal affirmation, on the other hand, is something I get less than ideal amounts of (though that's probably due in part to the fact that most of my relationships are pretty ill-defined and thus tough to speak about), so I find myself choosing that as a higher priority because I'd like more of it than I generally get, but not because I'd like more of it than of physical contact.

Frankly, all five of the things listed are important to me, and I really can't say which is the most important. I'm not even sure it's right to pick one. I think in any serious relationship all five of those would have to be present in different amounts, and the amounts can't really be compared because they're on different scales. What matters is not whether I get more of love-expression A than of love-expression B, but whether I get enough of each.

Come to think of it, that's a bit like the way I approach poly. I don't care whether I see more of person A than person B; I care about whether I see each of them as often as I want to, and of course this goes for energy, emotional depth, and other such things as well as time. But it may appear sometimes that I care more about spending time with person A than person B, simply because I don't see person A as often as I'd like and do see person B as often as I'd like, and will thus generally prefer to spend time with A on the few occasions when I have to choose between them.
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For various reasons, I'm not going to do that crush meme that's going around.  However, I will say a few things:


  • There are, by my count, ten people on my friends list who I'm pretty sure already know I like them--hell, I'm dating half of them, FCVO "dating."

  • There are a few people on my list who I've gone "ooh, shiny" at in the past, and have since realized, for various reasons (including batting-for-the-wrong-team issues), that this shininess is not really going anywhere.

  • There are a few more people who I'm still trying to decide if I'm attracted to.  Some of them I've actually spoken to about this and some of them I haven't.

  • Not counting those, there are by my count eight people on my friends list who I'm attracted to at least enough that I'd kinda like to go on a date er somethin with them, and who I'm not sure are aware of this, though I have reason to think a few of them may be.  What's kind of sad is that half of them I haven't even met in person; those ones, at least, I'm pretty sure don't know.  Though of course they may now be wondering....



Actually, the distinction between the first and last categories on that list is pretty arbitrary--I've just taken the range of "degree of certainty that they know I'm attracted to them" and cut it off at a point that seems to make sense on a gut level, but I've erred on the side of putting people in the latter category and there are really several borderline cases.

(This is where I begin to suspect I'm overthinking this.)

One thing to note, though, is that none of these secret crushes or whatever you want to call them are the deep pining kind or anything.  It'd be cool if something happened there--if not, I'm not bothered.  (Now, a couple of the non-secret ones have a certain element of mooniness to them, but that's a different story.)

I think I'll auto-screen comments to this post.  I'll probably unscreen some of them; I may not reply to any of them.
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So I did the interests suggestion meme, and most of the top interests are things like "music" and "reading" which I don't have on my interests list because they're so generic it's pointless to mention them. But number 8 on the list is "Tori Amos."

Boy, am I curious to know why she and no other specific artist made the list.
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Cut for those who are tired of seeing these )

Two interesting things:
1) I apparently reply to comments in my own journal more than anyone I know (er...more than anyone I know comments in their own journal, that is), though [livejournal.com profile] auros comes close. [Edit: Apparently [livejournal.com profile] imnotbob has me beat.]
2) I don't even know who some of the people toward the bottom are, although I'm sure I read their comments whenever it was they posted them.

Meta-meme

Jun. 11th, 2004 08:49 pm
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What amuses me most about the silly Russian sausage meme that went around yesterday is the fact that the guy I caught it from apparently deleted it almost immediately after it was posted, just as I did--and so did the person he'd gotten it from and the three people before that. In other words, five of us in a row were apparently checking our friends list so often that we each caught this post during a very brief window of existence. Are we all LJ-obsessed, or just a little too quick on the uptake for our own good?

*shakes head*
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This is probably annoying, but I've always been curious as to how fast these suckers really do spread, so how could I pass up one that actually tells me?



Problem is, the meta-nature of it probably skews the propagation rate. I can't figure out if it would skew it up or down, though; I can think of reasons for both.
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A fair number of people are doing the meme where they post lines from 20 songs on their playlist and challenge people to identify the titles and artists. I'm not planning on joining this particular flock myself, but I find it oddly noteworthy that every single time I've read someone else's list, I've been able to peg exactly one of the songs on it.

This, of course, is yet another Piece of Randomness from which I don't really have any interesting conclusions to draw. Wish I did, though.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sarahh, I now know that I can speak Dutch. )

Except really I don't know a word of Dutch, though if you slapped some Dutch text in front of me I miiiiiiiight be able to figure it out with enough context. What this really goes to show is that the right multiple choice test can be used to prove just about anything. I know enough people who've been screwed over by standardized testing that I could easily turn this into a rant, but I don't really think I have the gift of ranting entertainingly so I won't. Just, er, imagine some sort of rant here. I'm sure you can figure out the gist of it.

(As further proof, multiple choice tests have also shown that I am a man. )

...though I'll admit I actually take a sort of pride in that.)

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